6 Tips for Buying Furniture Online

6 Tips for Buying Furniture Online© iStockphoto/ThinkstockBe sure to check if you have to pay for shipping before you purchase furniture online.

We are all busy these days. Redecorating our homes may be a priority, but it’s not all that easy to get to the stores and find the furniture you need. Now there are services from decorators that will advise you for a fee on how to decorate a room in your home. But before you purchase furniture online, check out my 6 tips you need to know.


  • 1.

    Ask for a swatch of fabric.

    See if it looks like it does in the picture. Do you like the feel? Does it seem durable.

  • 2.

    Ask for a sample of the finish.

    Is it real wood? Is the color correct? Is it shiny or matte?

  • 3.

    Does it look better online?

    If possible, visit a store that sells the pieces you’re interested in so you can sit on and feel the furniture before you buy.

  • 4.

    Check out assembly requirements.

    How many hours will it take to put together? If you need to hire someone to do it for you figure out how much that will cost.

  • 5.

    Ask about return policies.

    Do you have to pay for shipping? Furniture weighs a lot and will be expensive to return.

  • 6.

    Check out the site you are shopping on with the Better Business Bureau.

    Read reviews to make sure it is a reputable site.

Plus: 5 Tricks to Make Your Furniture Last Longer

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